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June 28, 2018

Have You Reviewed Your Job Description Lately?

Ultimately, as reflection often does, it has led me down a rabbit-hole of more questions that I hope will shed light on the path to take for next year as the journey continues. I'd like very much to be as great, if not better at this than I feel about my abilities in the classroom. And although I've been reminded to stop thinking like a teacher, there is a part of me that will always retain those connections and commitment so I can continue to empathize and build capacity to the best of my ability.

June 24, 2018

Leaders, Know Who Your Team Needs You to Be

While we are doing all of this stuff for the folks on our team, we also have to stay true to ourselves. Although we may not be able to go at the pace we wanted, we should still act with personal integrity, so we never lose sight of what we believe.

June 21, 2018

End of Year Reflection: Know Yourself

Almost certainly, I will never love testing or scores or any kind of evaluation that labels people insufficiently whether it is a student or a teacher, but I understand that in today's climate that is a part of the game for now. And because of that, I will work hard to treat the situation humanely, assuming the best of everyone and hoping they do the same for me.

June 17, 2018

Make Learning For and About Those We Teach

The lens through which we approach teaching defines so much of how success will look. It's time we invite students into this conversation.

June 12, 2018

Student-Powered Events Empower More Than Classroom Learning

Guest blogger Samuel Williams of Curtis High School in Staten Island shares how students can do extraordinary things when they are empowered to run school events. Read on to see what success can look like in this school and maybe in yours.

June 10, 2018

It's Time to End Mandated Summer Assignments

Let's spend more time in school promoting a culture of curiosity and learning that transcends school, not because we want to grade kids on it or give them extra credit or punish them for not doing it, but because learning for the sake of learning is its own reward. We can foster a love of reading in so many different ways.

June 05, 2018

Helping Students Make Reading Predictions

By Jackie Andrejko and Starr Sackstein Peeking into the room, I see students attentively gathered on the rug, sitting before their teacher who is animated while she explains the activity they are about to start. Students eagerly wait for the cue to get up and move to their stations. They have small,...

June 01, 2018

The Power of Silence: Use Wait Time to Increase Student Thinking

All students learn at a different pace and we need to honor the time it takes for all students to participate and engage with the learning in a way that makes sense to each of them. Let's try not to unintentionally take that opportunity away from them.

May 27, 2018

Know and Embody Your Educational Philosophy

Guest Post by Barbara Silkes George Matthew Adams, a popular newspaper columnist at the turn of the 19th century, once said,  "Every one of us, unconsciously, works out a personal philosophy of life, by which we are guided, inspired, and corrected, as time goes on. It is this philosophy by which...

May 24, 2018

Want to Give Up Grades? Here's How You Can Get Buy-in

As we consider what is best for students, we must remember that they are more than a number. Let's provide them with the feedback they need to progress, the language they need to reflect on learning and the strategies to keep growing.

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